Virgin with Sleeping Child





Carlo Maratti (1625-1713), Virgin with Sleeping Child, etching, c. 1650s. Reference: Bartsch 6, an impression of the third state (of 4)[with the inscription Carolus Maratus invent et at left, and fecit Romae bottom right below the oval in the plate]. In generally good condition, a repair upper left (outside of the borderline), printed on old laid paper with small margins, 6 15/16 x 5 1/8 inches.

A fine, clear impression.

Carlo Maratti was a precocious child, sent by his parents to Rome to study art when he was only 11. There he became the student of Andrea Sacchi, who was at the time the chief Italian-born representative of Roman High Baroque classicism. Maratti worked with Sacchi for 24 years, becoming a part of the Roman art establishment. He was eagerly sought after by popes and princes for portraits, altarpieces, and decoration of Romes most important churches, including Saint Peters.

Maratti made only 14 etchings, most probably before 1660, while he was still working in the studio of Andrea Sacchi. In Virgin with Sleeping Child Maratti shows his mastery of the etching technique, with several levels of shading, as well as the ability to create a wonderful composition within a relatively small space.